Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top 25

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more


Cider Kings

We definitely don't stop at 25 varieties. In fact, we consider these 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples and a diminutive super-juicer thrown in) to be the secret to Real Cider. They're most certainly worth checking out. Read more


The Whole 333+

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our Top 25 or Cider Kings lists is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 333+ apples is a winner in our books. Read more

Rose de Benauge

Why you should be excited:

Rose de Benauge is a French apple that was once all the rage in Gironde, where it is still grown.


apple_rosedebenauge.jpgThe story of Rose de Benauge:

It's all-too-easy to forget how recently our world became globalized, with Starbucks on street corners all over the planet and Gala or Fuji apples almost everywhere.

While there's a risk of romanticizing 'the good old days,' wouldn't it be cool to be able to travel internationally and find interesting local apples just about everywhere?

We think so. And if we could still do this, a trip to Gironde, France would likely feature a sampling of Rose de Benauge apples. And that would be a treat, as this variety has delicious apple flavour, complemented by a crisp, juicy texture.

Blooming and ripening relatively late in the year, it's also a really good keeper, which means you could show up in Gironde anywhere from November through May and stand a good chance of finding a tasty fresh one.

Rose de Benauge Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in France, likely discovered in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A crisp, juicy and pleasantly fruity apple.


A fairly squat-shaped apple with skin that's flushed with orange-red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

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Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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